Transitional Work Program
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Transitional Work Program (formerly Work Release) provides work opportunities to qualified persons who have been sentenced to prison. These offenders are found jobs within the community and are able to earn money to help them get back on their feet when they are released. While in the program the offenders pay for their room and board and medical expenses relieving the taxpayers of those expenses.
The Transitional Work Program is self supporting and does not rely on a local tax to operate. The Louisiana Department of Corrections pays the Sheriff’s Office a per diem for each offender in the program and this per diem is an amount that is less than the cost of housing an offender in a state facility, thereby saving the state money. Surplus money from the program is placed in the Sheriff’s Office general fund and is used for training and equipment. The program is audited annually by the Department of Corrections and an independent auditor.